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Our adult training program focuses on shooting skill development while building a foundation in the defensive application of firearms. We teach practical shooting, which is the ability to hit what you intend to hit with speed.

Our students begin with our foundation classes building a platform of shooting skill and preparedness. From there our students who want to continue in skill development are offered our secondary level training classes.

If you are new to firearms, then start with our Handgun Introduction class. If you don't need the intro, then Practical Handgun is for you. Practical Defense is the classroom portion of our program, and covers the use of firearms for the defense of life along with making ethical, moral, and legal decisions during a critical incident to keep those important to you safe. The Practical Defense class can be taken either before or after being on the range with us.

"That was a very well laid out class, exceptional would by my word. The range drills and exercises from the basic level class at Practical Edge were better than what I've previously been exposed to."
Brian H.

"This is great, it's a cool feeling to receive instruction from someone who knows what their talking about."

Zack M.


Foundation Classes
 

    

Handgun Introduction  
Class is an introduction to safe gun handling guided by the professional instruction of Practical Edge. This is a live fire range class intended for those new to shooting, those looking to build initial confidence with firearms, and/or those that need extra personal attention to navigate physical limitations.

Class is 4 hours in length covering how your handgun works, firearm safety through hands on gun handling, and guide you through foundational shooting drills to build your confidence in safely handling a firearm.

Students are responsible for providing:

  • Handgun, 9mm or larger is recommended
  • Eye & Ear protection
  • 100 rounds of training ammunition

Intended Student:

  • New to guns
  • First time gun owner
  • No, or very limited, previous experience in firearm handling
  • Looking for basic introduction to handguns
  • Adult student. Juniors (16-17) can attend with attending parent

Rental Handgun with ammunition is available (additional fee)
Our rental handguns are full size modern striker fired 9mm pistols. They are well maintained, cleaned, and properly lubed for class. Ammunition needed for class is included with the rental for this class.

Tuition $150 / Round Count: 100
 

Practical Defense  
Class is six hours of training. The format is classroom presentation with the information that every gun owner needs. Training builds the foundation in the use of firearms to defend life and prepares you to make decisions in a critical incident. Topics covered include the legal requirements of force with a strong emphasis on the ethical and moral issues involved. Class covers threat awareness, life safety priorities, equipment recommendations, and the realities of using a firearm for defense.

Class addresses the hard topics but it is done so in an enjoyable learning environment that we are confident you will appreciate and find of value.

Intended Student:

  • All Practical Edge students
  • All gun owners
  • Those considering gun ownership
  • Restricted to adult students only

Tuition $150
 

Practical Handgun  
Class builds a foundation of shooting skill while ingraining safe firearm handling through live fire drills and instruction. Class serves as a base to build from for defense, recreation, and sport. The shooting skills taught focus on accuracy with a handgun and the ability to drive the gun accurately at speed. Fundamentals and techniques taught will include stance, grip, visual focus, and trigger manipulation.

Class is intended for students with at least a very basic understanding of firearms. There are no prerequisites to attend this class, however if you have not previously fired a gun, are unsure, new to firearms, or would be more comfortable at a slower pace then we recommend attending our Handgun Introduction class prior.

Student to Instructor ratio is formatted to provide personal attention to each student, and individual skill progression. Regardless if you are newer to shooting or experienced, we will utilize our methodology to make you higher skilled. This is our foundational shooting class and is required, along with Practical Defense, prior to attending any of our secondary level classes. Class is a full 8 hour training day. Class is not overly physically demanding. It is several hours on the range, standing and manipulating a handgun. We take appropriate breaks.

Students are responsible for providing:

  • Handgun, a full sized 9mm or larger is required*
  • 250 rounds of training ammunition
  • Eye & Ear protection

Intended Student:

  • Has previously handled and/or shot a firearm
  • If limited previous experience, has a can do and ready to learn attitude
  • Experienced shooter beginning their training with Practical Edge
  • Looking to gain skill for improved safe gun handling, accuracy, and speed
  • Adult student. Juniors (16-17) can attend with attending parent

Rental Handgun is available (additional fee)
Our rental handguns are full size modern striker fired 9mm pistols. They are well maintained, cleaned, and properly lubed for class. Ammunition for class is not included, but available for purchase.

* Your provided handgun needs to be a full-sized framed pistol with a 4" or longer slide/barrel, and 9mm or larger caliber. To learn and apply the class techniques properly we need you to have an appropriately sized handgun. Once learned the techniques will apply to smaller framed handguns, which you can bring to class in addition to a full-sized handgun.

Tuition $250 / Round Count: 250
 

Practical Handgun Advance  
Class picks up where Practical Handgun ends to 'advance' your individual skill level. Training is an intensive, high round count, full day, handgun shooting skill development course. Covered in this training is presentation from the holster, reloads, engaging multiple targets, and shooting while moving. You will be presented with several drills to utilize for improving your shooting skill.

Class is a full day on the range and moderately physically demanding. Drills may include moving into, out of, and between shooting positions with emphasis on how to do so quickly. This class focuses on the speed side of shooting skills while maintaining accuracy.

Attendance of Practical Handgun is required prior to attending 'Advance'. This class is for the student who has their own gear to include a full-size handgun (9mm or larger caliber), holster, and magazine pouches. The concepts of this class utilize the skills from the action shooting sports where accuracy and speed are emphasized. Class format focuses on increasing your shooting and firearm manipulation skills.

Students are responsible for providing:

  • Handgun, full size recommend
  • Holster: Belt attached strong side, rigid, fully covering trigger guard
  • 500 rounds of training ammunition
  • Eye & Ear protection

Intended Student:

  • Has attended Practical Handgun (required)
  • Adult student. Juniors (16-17) can attend with attending parent

Tuition $250 / Round Count: 500
 


Secondary Classes
 

Must have previously completed Practical Defense and Practical Handgun to attend any of our secondary level classes. Additionally, you must have a current State issued concealed carry permit. All our secondary level classes build upon the skills and concepts from our foundational classes. The requirement of the carry permit is to ensure that those we are training at this level of skill development and use of force tactics are appropriately vetted. Please contact us with any questions on this. Exceptions are rare and based on individual considerations.
 

    

Concealed Carry Class  
Class is live fire range training on the use of force with a concealed carry handgun. Skills, tactics, and concepts taught expand on the foundation from Practical Defense and Practical Handgun classes. Our concealed carry class is all live fire range training, teaching you how to safely, efficiently, and effectively utilize a concealed carry firearm for the protection of life.

Class is a full day on the range with plenty of shooting drills. These drills do include shooting from the ground and odd positions. Training is not overly physically demanding. To participate in all the drills you will need to sit, kneel, and lay onto the ground along with standing back up. The training can be done with most any safe operating handgun, and you are encouraged to bring your actual carry gun. For those looking into concealed carry, again most any gun will work to include renting from us. We will cover the advantages and compromises of the various handguns brought to class.

Students are responsible for providing:

  • Handgun, carry gun is recommend
  • 300 rounds of training ammunition
  • Eye & Ear protection

Intended Student:

  • Has attended Practical Defense and Practical Handgun (required)
  • Has a current State issued concealed carry permit
  • Adult student

Tuition $250 / Round Count: 300
 

Low Light Tactics and Shooting  
Class is live fire range training on utilizing light to create advantage while working in low light conditions. Handheld flashlight techniques along with weapon mounted light techniques and associated tactics are covered. On the outdoor range, class training hours will push well into the night to allow training in a low light environment.

The skills taught in this class focus on flashlight and weapon mounted light techniques applied to live fire drills with a handgun. Concepts taught focus on utilizing light for tactical advantage. You are welcome to bring any handheld and/or weapon mounted light that you'd like to train with. We will additionally provide plenty of lights for students to use at class.

Students are responsible for providing:

  • Handgun, full size is recommend
  • 300 rounds of training ammunition
  • Eye & Ear protection

Intended Student:

  • Has attended Practical Defense and Practical Handgun (required)
  • Has a current State issued concealed carry permit
  • Adult student

Tuition $250 / Round Count: 300
 

AR-15 Class  
Class is two days of training on the live fire range, specifically focusing on the AR-15 platform in rifle caliber. The foundational skills from Practical Handgun will be transferred to the carbine, and skills progressed taking advantage of the accuracy and speed that the carbine provides. This is an intensive, high round count, skill development course. Topics will include function, maintenance, current market trends, accessories, and skill development. Defensive applications of the platform will also be addressed and shooting drills will reflect the concepts from Practical Defense.

Class is two full days on the range and moderately physically demanding. Drills include moving into and out of various shooting positions with a carbine/rifle and lots of shooting. Students go through upwards of 1,000 rounds.

Students are responsible for providing:

  • AR-15, rifle caliber
  • 1,000 rounds of training ammunition
  • Eye & Ear protection

Intended Student:

  • Has attended Practical Defense and Practical Handgun (required)
  • Has a current State issued concealed carry permit
  • Adult student

Tuition $450 / Round Count: 1,000
 

Registrations
Class registrations and tuition payment are handled via our webpage. Class dates are on the schedule page with links to the registration page. You can also find registrations for specific classes under the Register/Shop tab on the main page. Once registered, we will E-mail you the exact class location with directions, along with detailed information on what you need and specific class information. We do not post class location to avoid show ups that did not pre-register. We purposely limit the number of students in class to ensure your training is personally tailored to you with individual attention. Unless otherwise noted our public classes are held conveniently in Kennewick.

Registration via the webpage immediately confirms that you have the class slot. We can additionally handle registrations by phone and/or E-mail.

If you have specific needs, concerns, or physical limitations please contact us. We make reasonable attempts to accommodate and work within challenges.

Private instruction is available to include classes formatted specifically for small groups. Tuition determined by location of training, facilities, and number of students.

Shooting Clubs, Associations, and Ranges
Practical Edge will conduct training at your facilities. We provide multiple instructors to ensure that each student receives specific and personal attention. We handle most all if not all class logistics to make hosting training as easy as possible. We will need to speak with a responsible person from the hosting Club/ Range to arrange the details of the training class.

Our instructors have tactical backgrounds and are experienced competitive shooters. We can assist you in applying tactical and competitive skills to meet your origination/group training goals. Contact us to inquire about hosting training.

For more information about a particular class, class suggestions, or to schedule a class contact us at info@PracticalEdge.com